Pac-12 football: Much-anticipated football media day kicks off Friday

Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff speaks during the Pac-12 football media day Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Los Angeles. Much has changed between then and now. Kliavkoff will field media questions Friday when the league conducts its annual media event in Los Angeles.

Marcio Jose Sanchez, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — This is shaping up to be a Pac-12 football media day unlike any other.

That’s because since the bombshell news that USC and UCLA will be bolting the league in 2024 for the Big Ten dropped on June 30, everybody’s been reporting on and speculating about the future of the conference.

We haven’t heard much publicly from Pac-12 leadership. 

On July 5, amid rumors about discussions between Pac-12 teams, including Utah, and the Big 12, a high-ranking Utah official refuted that to the Deseret News, calling the rumors “absolutely false.” That source added that Utah “is tethered closely and strongly aligned with Pac-12 leadership and league members.”

Meanwhile, a possible merger between the Pac-12 and Big 12 dissolved a couple of weeks ago. So what will the Pac-12 do next? Could the league expand?

The Pac-12 also began negotiations for its next media rights deal, an exclusive 30-day window with current partners ESPN and Fox before another bidder can come forward. That window closes Aug. 4. 

Some are predicting the demise of the Pac-12. There’s speculation that some Pac-12 programs are looking for options — a new conference to call home. There is a report the Big Ten is evaluating Cal, Oregon, Stanford and Washington as possible expansion targets. And things could get a little …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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